The Runn is a new sensor that beams treadmill performance to a smartphone
North Pole Engineering (NPE) is a company that makes wireless and internet-of-things (IoT) devices that connect various types of equipment to others, in both consumer and industrial contexts. For example, it makes the heartbeatz bridging device that connects an Apple Watch to an exercise machine to add the former's heart-rate tracking data to the latter.
Its new product along these lines works in more or less the opposite manner. The Runn sensor clips onto a treadmill so as to its settings to a mobile device or a wearable while in action. This allows the user to view and track data such as speed, cadence and incline while working out.
The Runn should work with any machine, so long as it has ANT and Bluetooth low-energy connectivity. It should then convey data to a number of fitness apps, including Zwift, Sufferfest, and NPE's own GymTrakr. This new functionality may help a user keep their work-out metrics constant, or ramp them up regularly over time. In addition, it may help avoid an upgrade to a pricey new machine that incorporates the same feature.
The OEM currently has this new gadget up for pre-order in its store, at a price of US$89.99. It is currently scheduled for release on December 13, 2019.